Brief
Jamnagar, now an expanding town, was a 16th century pearl fishing center with one of the biggest pearl fisheries in the world, until the beginning of the 20th century. Founded in 1540, the Abode of the Jam - the Jadeja Rajput rulers of Nawanagar, Jamnagar is a very interesting city which enjoys a variety of distinctions. It is renowned for its pearl fisheries, a naval base of some importance, and a certain type of tie-and-dye fabrics. The famous cricketer Ranjitsinghji was its ruler from 1907-33.

History
Founded in 1540, Jamnagar or the Abode of the Jam is built around Ranmal lake. Prior to independence, the princely state of Jamnagar was ruled by the Jadeja Rajputs. A city that has a long history of pearl fishing and bandhani (a tie-and-dye piece of cloth), today it is equally known for having the only Ayurvedic university in India and a temple listed in the Guinness Book of records. The old part of the town, known as Chandni Chowk, has a number of interesting and impressive old buildings, and is very colourful. The centre of the old town is known as Darbar Gadh, a semicircular gathering place where the former Maharaja of ,once held public audiences.

Culture
Jamnagar is renowned for its pearl fisheries, a naval base of some importance, and a certain type of tie-and-dye fabrics. In a way, cricket had taken its birth here, as the famous cricketer Ranjitsinghji, was its ruler from 1907-33. ), Today, it is equally known for having the only Ayurvedic university in India and a temple listed in the Guinness Book of records, as 24 hours a day, since 1 August 1964, there has been continuous chanting of the invocation Shri Ram, Jai Jai Ram.

Climate & Geogaphical Location
Jamnagar is hot and dry in summer and cool and sunny in winter. Jamnagar or the Abode of the Jam, is built around Ranmal lake.

How to Reach
Jamnagar is well connected by rail, road and air. By air, various domestic airlines connect it to Mumbai (Bombay). By rail, Jamnagar is on the Western Railway and is directly connected with Ahmedabad which in turn is well connected to different parts of the country. By road, State transport buses and private luxury coaches connects Jamnagar to various centres of Gujarat. Jamnagar is 308 Km. from Ahmedabad via Rajkot and 92 Km. from Rajkot.

Tourist Places
Dwarka

A pilgrim center, it is also one of India's seven sacred cities. A visit to this place, gives eternal happiness to the Hindus. Earlier Dwaravati and now known as Dwarka, it means a small gateway or doorway. One of the main centres of the Krishna legend, it sits on the western most tip of the Gujarat peninsula, a sentinel over looking the Arabian Sea. Dwarka is a scene of frenzied religious activity on Krishnas birth anniversary or Janmashtami in August every year.

Lakhota Fort

The Lakhota Fort and the Kotha Bastion are two magnificent structures situated in the centre of old Jamnagar, on an island in the middle of the lake. Lakhota Fort is Jamnagar's Museum. Its terraces display a fine collection of sculpture, that spans a period from the 9th to 18th Century. The Kotha Bastion is Jamnagar,s arsenal. The most interesting place to see here, is an old well,
whose water can be drawn by blowing into a small hole in the floor.

Solarium

It is called, the Ranjit Institute of Poly-Radio Therapy. The slowly revolving tower, provides sunlight the whole day. It is open to visitors after working hours.

Bala Hanuman Temple

The Bala Hanuman Temple, is on the south eastern side of Ranmal Lake, and here, 24 hours a day, since 1 August 1964, there,s been continuous chanting of the invocation Shri Ram, Jai Jai Ram. This devotion has earned the temple, a palace in the Guinness Book of Records. Early evening is a particularly good time to visit, as its fairly animated then. In fact this whole area on the south eastern edge of the lake becomes very lively around sunset when people come to promenade, and the usual chai and kulfi stalls set up and play their trade.

Marine National Park

30 km away, offshore from the southern coast of the Gulf of Kachchh, comprises an archipelago of 42 islands, noted for their coral reefs and mangroves. It is possible to see dolphins, finless porpoise and sea turtles and a variety of colourful tropical fish. The area also attracts a host of water birds.

Others

 

KHIJADIA LAKES - 10 km. northeast of Jamnagar, are three freshwater lakes surrounded by salt pans and salt marshes. Popular with visitors interested in their rich bird life, there is now also a 600 ha (1500 acres) bird sanctuary. ROZI BEDI PORT - It is a beautiful seaside picnic spot.This place provides good facilities.

 

 
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